The EU and Canada are trusted partners. Together we have been advancing our common values, support the international rules-based order and sustainably rebuild our economies post COVID-19. This week, Canadian Prime Minister and EU leaders will discuss a wide range of issues, including COVID-19 response and recovery; fighting climate change and protecting the environment; trade, technology and innovation; and promoting democratic values, peace and security.
“I used to be very afraid when going to school and struggling to concentrate on my studies” says Chinsisi, a 14-year-old brave boy with albinism defying odds to remain in school and study. Object of myths fuelled by superstition, people with albinism like Chinsisi, face multiple forms of discrimination worldwide.
"To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity". Nelson Mandela
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says : "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood".
Respecting our differences is part of who we are and how we relate with others. Our democracies are built upon the appreciation for diversity. On the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), the EU reaffirms its strong commitment to promote and protect the full and equal enjoyment of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) persons. On this occasion, we illuminated EU buildings in rainbow colours as an act of support.
‘Act, Inspire and Scale-up’ in Agriculture and Value Chains - About 71% child labourers are in agriculture, including fishing, forestry, and farming. Agriculture is the only sector where child labour has increased, having an additional 10 million child labourers between 2012 and 2016. FAO identifies household poverty and food insecurity as the main driver of child labour in agriculture.